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Pulkovo Airport
October 25, 2010 19:51

Pulkovo airport, an air gate of Russian Northern capital, is a first rate air transportation center, dynamically developing one as well. It yields to Moscow airports of Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo only in the passenger traffic. It consists of two terminals, for domestic and international flights. Moreover, private jets flights are handled in Pulkovo as well. The airport is situated in 15 kilometers from the city center and is available by bus and by car. The airport provides online services, from online schedule to renting cars.

Information about flights inside In Pulkovo Airport can be found on flight information monitors. Moreover, online Flight schedules and Flights status. Pulkovo provides also information desks where English-speaking managers answer passengers’ questions within 24 hours. Information desks in the terminals of Pulkovo 1 and Pulkovo 2 are equipped with sensor screen providing passengers with details about airport services. Information desks of the city tourist -information center can inform you about St. Petersburg.

Pulkovo 1 terminal handles passengers of domestic flights and flights beyond Russian Federation (CIS and flights to foreign countries). This terminal is an elder one, the airport was beginning here. It appeared in 1932 as and airfield of Shosseynaya. The current building is designed by architect A.V. Zhuk and built in 1973. Throughout of the terminal is about 1,900 passengers/hour. Terminal 1 has a few levels, divided in two parts for domestic and international flights. The first level handles arrivals and luggage, the second one deals with departure. Passport control and customs clearance take place also here on the 2nd level, along with ticket sales and luggage packing. Second level is also a shopping zone. The 3rd and 4th levels provide recreation areas for passengers, including VIP lounge, mother and child room, bars, a restaurant, a hair salon, payphones, and Russian and CIS airline offices.

There are many wireless Internet hot spots at the Pulkovo 1 terminal.


In addition to the four levels, the terminal has three traveler service sectors. Sector A deals with official delegations. It has a separate entrance, driveway, ramp access and aircraft parking spaces. Sector B is for travelers on domestic and international flights, for everybody. Passengers of air services between Moscow and St. Petersburg and VIP persons are served in Sector C.

Pulkovo 2 terminal handles international flights only. It was built in the early 1950s and modernized in 1986 and 2003. Currently, Pulkovo 2 terminal is one of the largest international airport terminals in Russia. Pulkovo 2 has undergone phase one of its remodeling program, completed in May 2003.

The building of terminal consists of the Departures and Arrivals sectors connected by a gallery, equipped with US-manufactured JetWay Systems aerobridges. The first international flight from Pulkovo 2 was carried out in 1986, it was a flight Leningrad - Berlin. By the way, in was 1986 and this flight, when the airport was called Pulkovo instead of Shosseynaya.

The Departures and Arrivals sectors are equipped for maximum traveler comfort, offering a number of facilities like restaurants, bars, flower and gift shops and art gallery. Duty free shops are situated in the connecting gallery. The terminal has an area reserved for transit passengers waiting for connecting flights, where travelers can stay in order to avoid repeat customs clearance and passport control procedures.


What about private jets, JetPort SPb is a company carrying out ground handling for the private jets. It is engaged into cargo flights, governmental, ambulance and others non-scheduled flights, but mainly it deals with private jets. The company provides all services for passengers, crew and aircraft on the airport Pulkovo apron and in Saint-Petersburg, including visa support for the crew.

The airport of Pulkovo is easily accessible by taxi or private car and by public transport as well. Buses and shuttle buses connect the airport with metro station of Moscovskaya.


You can book a transfer from Pulkovo airport in advance, the driver will meet you and take you to your destination, with no troubles.

Having arrived to Pulkovo 1, you can take city bus 39. The bus stop is in front of the exit from the arrival hall 1, which is situated on the ground floor. You will get to «Moskovskaya» metro station. Bus 39 runs every 12-20 minutes from 5.30 a.m. till 01.30 a.m. The trip takes 30-35 minutes.

Having arrived to Pulkovo 2, you can take bus 13. Two bus stops of 13 are situated in front of the central building of Pulkovo 2. They go either to «Moskovskaya» metro station or to Aviagorodok.

Bus stop for «Moskovskaya» metro station is closer to arrivals terminal
Bus stop for Aviagorodokbus stop is closer to departures terminal.
First bus leaves at 5.40 a.m. on week-days and 6.00 a.m. on week-ends.
Last bus leaves at 0.47 a.m.
Buses ply every 13-20 minutes. The trip takes 20-25 minutes and costs 19 rubles (baggage ticket — 19 rubles).




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